I haven't written that much about the Obama administration. What's happened so far isn't perfect, but some of the stuff has been quietly brilliant. No more nonsensical hand wringing over stem cell debates. Not trying to block the Plan B pill. Actually engaging on the topic of Cuba, only twenty years after the Berlin Wall comes down.
During the worst of the Bush administration, I thought it would make sense for the next regime in Washington to have a truth and reconciliation committee, not unlike what was done in South Africa or Argentina.
Law professor Jonathan Turley of Georgetown University, a regular guest on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, disagreed with my opinion, and did so in a way that convinced me of the error of my ways. He said the truth and reconciliation committees are for emerging democracies. For the United States, which is still supposed to be a nation of laws, the people who did things like approving torture need to reconcile themselves to the criminal code.
Thanks for the 'splainin', professor!
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